Modern Uses Of The Hemp Plant
Category: Culture | Posted on Fri, August, 8th 2014 by THCFinder
Hemp and cannabis are not the same thing. While they are similar, they do not share the characteristic that all potheads are after -- getting high. Hemp doesn't get the user high and will instead, give you a massive headache if you try to smoke it. While some people pay little to no attention to the hemp side of the family, it is probably the most beneficial part of the plant to our economy. Not only would it spare the trees but it would improve the overall health of the earth where ever it was planted. In addition, hemp can provide many different industrial necessities that we currently make with more harmful products.
Hemp needs far less space to grow than trees. It grows faster, without pesticides, and doesn't really need the help of humans. It is a weed and it really acts as such, flourishing wherever there is soil to grow. The plant grows fast, sprouting up in months as compared to years it takes to grow trees. The roots grow very deep, aerating the soil and allowing future crops to flourish in the nutrient rich dirt left by the hemp plants. Since the roots of the hemp plant are so brutal, they also choke the life out of smaller weeds trying to overtake the garden.
The stalks of the plant are incredibly important to industrial business. The strong fibers provide an amazing material that can be used to make clothing, paper, diapers, denim, and other fabrics as well as paper products ranging all the way from printer paper to billboards and banners. And that's just the beginning. The stalk can also be made in to things like rope, nets, canvas, tarps, brake and clutch lining in vehicles, and carpets. And it's not just the stalk that people can use to their benefit. Looking for a dogbed? You can get one made from the leaves of the hemp plant. Working on a project at home? Maybe building a gazebo or pool? Hemp can be made in to concrete, insulation, and mortar/stucco, giving it even more versatility in our crazy world.
The list goes on to include the fact that hempseed is incredibly beneficial to human health, creating a better working system without our bodies. Hempseed oil could replace things like butter, food supplements, and cooking oil. Creams made from hempseed are said to help assist with aging, facial lines, and skin condition likes rashes and eczema. The benefits of this plant are endless and since it has been illegal for so long, we honestly don't even know about the full potential that hemp has to offer. With more research, hemp may end up taking over our entire industrialized society, creating a more fine-tuned (and functional) machine.
THC In The Body
Category: Culture | Posted on Thu, August, 7th 2014 by THCFinder
Even though the laws are beginning to change, some people are still stuck on the idea that marijuana should be illegal. What's worse is that some of these people happen to be the ones that sign our paychecks. That's right, the employers. Even residents of legal states still stand to lose their jobs if they're found to be using marijuana. Those who are looking for jobs need to refrain from smoking just in case their future employer requires them to pass a drug test. It's severely unfair and incredibly frustrating, especially those who use their cannabis for medical reasons that have no other alternative medicine.
When someone smokes, the THC is stored in their fat cells. So that means that almost everyone is different. Some people can pass a drug test within a few days of smoking while others will smoke, abstain for two months, take the test, and still fail. I personally have failed a drug test after more than two months of not smoking, something that I didn't think was possible (or my parents fudged it and lied to make me admit to smoking... Oh yeah did I mention my parents used to drug test me when I lived at home with them? Awesome...). But other times, I have been required to test for work related reasons and passed within a week of toking up. So even the individual varies from themselves. This makes it incredibly hard to pass drug tests for stoners, even those who just smoke to relax a bit at the end of each day.
There are three main ways that people will test an individual for cannabis use. The most common is the urine test. Pee in a cup, they tell you, so we can see what you've been doing by studying your bodily waste. If you're a light smoker, the THC usually will stay in your system for up to six days. Those that use a little bit more will have THC in their systems for up to thirteen days, daily users will test positive up to fifteen days or more after their last use and heavy users may take more than thirty days to clear the compound from their bodies. There is no designated time because, as said before, everyone is totally different.
Other ways that test for THC are the saliva test and the hair test. The saliva test will show THC use providing that the substance has been ingested no more than twelve hours prior. This method is probably not the one that will be used to test for jobs, seeing as how it's not as accurate for longer time frames. The hair follicle test is also something that occasionally gets used to test people for THC consumption. This method involves taking hair from the person that is in question and testing it for THC. Since THC doesn't always bind to hair follicle, this method isn't looked at as the most accurate but a hair test will show THC use after seven days and stay in the hair for up to (or possibly more than) ninety days.
THC testing is an invasion of patients rights. If employers are not testing for alcohol or tobacco use, there should be no reason why employees can't get stoned when they're not working (or when they are, depending on what job it is). To deny people jobs simply because they enjoy lighting a plant on fire is completely unconstitutional. Even the government is having issues with their THC testing policy, seeing as how they tried to hire computer geniuses to fight cyber terrorists and couldn't hire the best of the best because (you guessed it), they were potheads. If you're worried about passing a drug test, the best advice that I can give you is to use fake urine. Other methods may work for some and not others so the fake stuff is the best bet.
Which State Smokes The Most Marijuana?
Category: Culture | Posted on Wed, August, 6th 2014 by THCFinder
There’s a new ‘National Survey on Drug Use and Health’ out, which shows how many citizens in each state reported smoking marijuana monthly. Which state has the highest marijuana consumption per capita? It’s not the state you would think. I would have guessed a West Coast state or Colorado. However, it turns out that Rhode Island has the highest marijuana use per capita in the United States. Per the Washington Post:
State-level statistics from the latest National Survey on Drug Use and Health (rather unfortunately acronymed NSDUH) show that just over 1 in 8 Rhode Island residents over age 12 smoke marijuana monthly. This is more than three times the rate in Kansas, where only 4 percent of residents regularly indulge.
Nationally about 7 percent of Americans over age 12 have used marijuana in the past month. Western states tend to have the highest rate of usage, at 9 percent, followed by the Northeast. The South has the lowest overall rate at 5.83 percent.
I was pleased to see that Oregon and Alaska have the highest rate of consumption per capita for people over the age of 25. 11.18% of Alaskans over the age of 25 reported that they consumed marijuana in the last month. Oregon came in at 10.25% in the same category. Why does this please me? Because Oregon and Alaska will be voting on marijuana legalization this November, and a higher consumption rate among those over 25 could translate to ‘yes’ votes in November. There’s no way to know for sure, but it’s encouraging.
This report does not mean that Rhode Island consumes more total marijuana than any other state. It’s per capita, and considering how small Rhode Island is, there’s no way it smokes the most total marijuana. I would suspect that California still has that title, due to the fact that they not only have the largest population, but also marijuana is everywhere in California. I don’t know how easy it is to get marijuana in Rhode Island, but it’s extremely easy in California. All in all, it’s still surprising to see Rhode Island at the top of any list for marijuana, per capita or otherwise.
Cannabis Oil Provider Raided
Category: Culture | Posted on Wed, August, 6th 2014 by THCFinder
It is part of human nature to help other humans. To neglect another human when they're in trouble goes against every natural instinct we have. We're not solitary creatures. So why is it so hard for people to accept that cannabis is a cure for almost every illness and affliction that is present in today's day and age? Even more so, why would someone take away the one thing that is keeping a person alive? And by person, I mean child, like the two year old Abbey, who was getting her cannabis oil supply from an ACT man who was recently raided.
The supplier, who has been giving Abbey's family this healing medicine since January, wrote to official Katy Gallagher about the oil. He mentioned that the child's health had greatly improved and that the oil was definitely helping. The letter also asked Gallagher to consider allowing medical marijuana to be legalized in order for more patients like Abbey easy access to their medicine. Gallagher, however, doesn't see anything wrong with what she did and instead states "What if I did nothing with that information and it was later found out that I'd just ignored the fact that someone had sent me an email saying that they were administering a prohibited substance to a young child?" Well, had she done nothing, then a child's life wouldn't be hanging in the balance and while the plant would've remained illegal, at least Abbey would have a working medicine. But instead, the child may now die.
The supplier, according to Gallagher, has contacted the office multiple times, asking for the government to reconsider the ban on cannabis substances. And although no action has previously been taken, Gallagher felt compelled to make an issue out of this particular email, focusing yet again only on the fact that the plant is "illegal" and not on the facts that were so clearly presented to her. "He's a frequent emailer to my office and we've engaged in areas of disagreement over that time, but certainly this one tipped me into another area," she said. "As the law stands at the moment, marijuana is a prohibited substance and I have responsibilities on me as Chief Minister under child protection laws if nothing else, that that information had to be passed on."
Gallagher says that on an emotional level, she feels for those families who are suffering with a sick loved one. However, her duty as a lawmaker is to report things like this, as they fall in to somewhat of a grey area. While the plant (and oil) remains illegal, rather than reporting the supplier to authorities, Gallagher could have supported the family through the long and arduous process of getting the law system to accept the medicine. Now, with the supply of cannabis oil running dry for Abbey since the supplier's arrest, the little girl's future is looking bleak. Keep Abbey and her family in your thoughts and send positive vibes in hopes that Australia begins to look over their medical marijuana policy before it is too late.
A Matter Of Life And Death
Category: Culture | Posted on Tue, August, 5th 2014 by THCFinder
Children suffering with seizure disorders are dealt a rough hand. They cannot develop mentally due to the overwhelming amount of seizures they have, their speech is halted, and sometimes, the parents are informed that their child is going to die. Of course parents aren't going to just stand by and let their child die because the doctors can't figure their shit out and that's exactly what Cherie did after she heard that her two year old daughter Abbey might not survive her diagnosed CDKL5, a disorder that causes violent seizing, mental, and physical disabilities.
When doctors told Cherie that Abbey wasn't going to live, the caring moth started researching everywhere. She eventually stumbled upon the Facebook pages dedicated to parents that appreciated the effects of healing cannabis oil. The oil, Cherie read, was a great alternative to legal, yet ineffective, medicines given out by doctors. Cherie read through the pages, deciding that this was indeed a treatment option that she wanted her daughter to pursue.
Upon making her choice to treat her daughter with the oil, Cherie smuggled a vial of the oil in to Abbey's hospital room and poured a designated amount in to the feeding tube that her daughter ate through, washed the oil down, and waited. Immediately the effects were apparent. The seizures began to decrease and the child's doctors were seeing improvements on the brain scans they were doing. The doctors were amazed.
Unfortunately, the supply of medical cannabis available for Abbey was limited as her supplier was recently raided after they had written to the ACT Chief Minister, Katy Gallagher, about the amazing recovery of this young girl. So basically, in return for saving a life, the person helping was punished. Gallagher was the one who tipped off the police, not even giving the curing plant the time of day.
Although suppliers aren't safe, mothers refuse to let their children suffer for long. Banding together, there are many who say that they will grow their own cannabis and make the oils themselves if necessary. When fighting for their child's life, they will try whatever they can to save them. In Abbey's case, the supply of cannabis oil that her mother has saved is running low and the prognosis doesn't look good. If the oil supply is not found, Abbey will most likely revert back to having seizure filled days and the disorder may eventually kill her. Children deserve a chance at every medicine, especially one that works as well as cannabis does.
Weed Puns Take Over The News
Category: Culture | Posted on Mon, August, 4th 2014 by THCFinder
With cannabis taking over the US (and pretty much the rest of the world), the headlines about the plant are everywhere! Every news station has at least one marijuana related story a day and some of the headlines were definitely made to make stoners laugh... Or perhaps they actually were made by stoners. Either way, enjoy this list of awesome cannabis related news headlines from the last couple of months.
- Case Of The Munchies
Seattle Cops Giving Stoners Bags Of Chips
At Hempfest in Seattle last year, stoners were given bags of Doritos by police officers that were present at the event. This is a perfect example of how cops should be acting, as compared to how they're acting.
- State Blazes New Trail, Legalizes Pot
Vote Puts Washington to the left of Netherlands on marijuana law, sets up potential fight with the Feds
This was one of the headlines that was in a Washington paper when the state passed the legal marijuana initiative that would allow those over 21 years of age to purchase and smoke marijuana legally in the state, without a doctors recommendation or any sort of card other than state issued ID.
- Zoinks! Marijuana Substitute More Potent Than Pot... And Legal!
Finally, people began to catch on to the awful effects of the legal weed known as "spice". This terrible plague is a legal "herb" that may or may not be lawn trimmings sprayed with chemical compounds that resemble (but are not the same) as marijuana. The effects of the product are unknown in the long run but can cause severe panic attacks, violent episodes, and even suicide in some cases. But this paper managed to play on words a bit and liven up such a dreary story with a little Scooby reference.
- An officer of the law managed to make and eat pot brownies and when he realized what they were, he was a little freaked out. The officer called 911 and this was what he said to the operator, "I don't know, we made brownies. And I think we're dead. Time is going by really really really slow."
- Weed Catches Fire; Witnesses Say A Dragon Did It
When a group of Columbian police managed to intercept some bales of bud, they turned their backs and when they weren't looking, the bales lit up and started on fire. Witnesses didn't feel like helping much though... They claimed that a blue dragon has swooped down, spit fire on the weed, lit it up, and took off. The dragon was never found.
- Police Jail Man After 80 Call To 911 For Kool-Aid, Hamburgers, and Weed
A good life lesson? Don't call the cops and ask for munchies. Better yet, don't call them multiple times, asking for munchies. This guy learned this lesson the hard way when he was arrested for harassing the cops, asking for the cure to his hunger. Don't be that guy. Just call Dominos.
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